It’s Business as Usual, But With a Twist

Meet Graham, one of our fantastic volunteers who's come in to help pack and distribute the lunchbox service we're now providing here at the centre daily

In these challenging times, providing food to the homeless and vulnerable remains our primary concern, despite the increasing restrictions imposed by this worsening crisis. As we can no longer safely allow people either to congregate outside in numbers or to come into the hall to eat as usual, we’ve taken a lateral approach and decided to provide a hot lunch in a takeaway bag for our vulnerable clients to collect daily. Regular volunteer Graham came in with his son Rory and helped to bag and distribute the freshly cooked, hot meal to our patient and ‘safely’ waiting guests, something we’re doing every weekday from now on.

Sadly, most of our other services have had to be put on hold for the safety of guests and staff alike. However, the @mayorofldn’s decision to fund 300 hotel rooms for the homeless, allowing them the chance to properly self-isolate if needed, is going to make a difference. And whilst we continue to do what we can to provide food, we thank @glassdoorlondon, @crisis_uk, @sheltercharity and others for the work they’re tirelessly involved in; and last, but not least, @thefelixproject for their continuing amazing support of vulnerable people at this incredibly difficult time. We couldn’t do it without you!

While there’s a need we will continue to remain open and to supply lunch daily, in whatever form we can. As our service is reduced we don’t have need of volunteers in our usual numbers but do get in touch with @age_uk_kensington_and_chelsea or RBKC Volunteering directly to find out how to get involved locally if you want to help. As always though, please remember to observe the governmental guidelines and stay safe.

Stay well and let’s keep looking after each other.